Vurnon Anita And Shola Ameobi Start


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Vurnon Anita is fit again and starts tonight for Newcastle against Everton, and Shola Ameobi gets a start in place of Demba Ba.

With Demba Ba in discussion with Chelsea he has been withdrawn from the squad for tonight’s game with Everton – and he could have played his last game for Newcastle.

It looks like Newcastle will at least start with a variation of a 4-5-1 system and it could be that Shola is the man up front, and Mike Williamson returns in the center of defense, and as expected the reliable James Perch comes in for the injured Danny Simpson at right back.

We expect Papiss Cisse to play in the center and slightly behind Shola, so he can get the knock-ons and any loose balls that come his way in the box.

For Everton both Steven Pienaar and Leighton Baines start the game – after being doubtful – and Marouane Fellaini also starts after serving his three match ban for violent conduct during the 1-1 draw at Stoke on 15th December.

Mathieu Debuchy is expected to watch this game in the stands, and he could even make his debut at Brighton on Saturday if things go as planned and he’s signed in the next couple of days.

Newcastle need to get all 3 points tonight – it’s as simple as that.

Howay The Lads!!

Teams:

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita; Papiss Cisse, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan; Shola Ameobi
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger

Everton (4-4-1-1): Tim Howard; Phil Jagielka, John Heitinga, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; Steven Naismith, Phil Neville (c), Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar; Marouane Fellaini; Nikica Jelavic
Substitutes: Jan Mucha, Shane Duffy, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Bryan Oviedo, Magaye Gueye, Victor Anichebe, Apostolos Vellios

Referee: Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)



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704 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Shola is probably a direct replacement for Ba.
    AP said they had would do it all on the board before Everton, resting the players from training otherwise.

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  • hatem786

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #2

    good luck

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #3

    ffs why does Pardew bother throwing Shola a bone, Cisse alone please.

    If this doesn’t work even I will have lost faith in the man.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Please say its True 442. If i see cisse on the right im gonna go mental. Hate pardew get him out cnut

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  • DoddsyNufc

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Absolute pisstake!! We can have cisse in his natural position yet pardew keeps him out of it. Total joke that man is. Shola is a pile of s**t. Laughable

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  • ochytoon

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #6

    So did Pardew promise Shola a starting, central role if he didn’t go to ACON?

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  • Jayden

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #7

    The one situation where I would prefer 4-4-2…

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  • Carryingcoals

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #8

    when we beat bordeaux 3-0 didnt we put OBa and Cisse either side of Shola? Maybe thats pardews thinking. Marveaux is good in CM too

    HOWEVER

    Id still have liked |Cisse through the middle, ridiculous not having him there. This is the perfect opportunity for us to be a bit relieved with Ba going.

    Could come back to bite pards big style here

    Off to the match full of optimism nonetheless…

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #9

    @ochytoon
    No need for AP to promise Shola anything, Shola had already signed his contract with the clause in it.

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Lads, theres no way thats a formation with Cisse on right wing, Cisse in the middle and Shola on the wing, or a 4-4-2 with Shola and Cisse up top

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  • bambams

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Hoofball and scraps . . .

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  • tdt

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #12

    ——————Krul——————
    Perch–Williamson–Coloccini (c)–Santon
    ————–Tiote–Anita————
    Cisse———Marveaux———Obertan
    —————-Ameobi—————-

    Subs: Elliot, Tavernier, Ferguson, Bigirimana, Abeid, Ameobi, Ranger

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  • tonynufc

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #13

    RIGHT LADS. DO YOU HAVE ANYGOOD SITES FOR THE MATCH. EITHER SUBSCRIPTION OR FREE. CANT BE ARSE TO GO TO THE PUB.

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #14
  • BelfastMagpie

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Cisse & Perch v Baines & Pienarr. Ooops

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #16

    cisse should be through middle but guess his thinking is we have trained for this formation best stick with it

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Dannyo
    Ba had signed his contract as a player of NUFC……but seemed unable/unwilling to play on the wing…..so AP appeased him. Seems a bad trait…..will be seriously v. angry if our no.9 who was signed as our “MAIN” striker is not playing centrally cos he wants to keep Shola on-side.
    There is evidently no more excuse for Cisse to be played out on the wing! None.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #18

    We’ll lose 3-1 today. Perch is a poor right back and Williamson is a disgrace. Ameobi is useless. Can see Marveaux or Anita getting man of the match again.

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Repost – Please, i thank you, more illogical ramblings from Check the toastie, oh no he is spot on.

    Norcal89, bow to the all knowing illogical better man.

    check the toastie // Jan 2, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Think it will be 442 tonight back to hoof ball, we have knocked it about too well lately.

    Krul
    Perch Willo Collo Santon
    Obertan Anita Tiote Marv
    Shola Cisse

    Typically of Pardew he will play Shola citing how he is going to fill Ba’s boots and how he is a club legend, needed him for set pieces, blah blah blah.

    However it will result in no throwing out of the ball and Krul going from back to front, actually the tactic might work, but it is typical Parsnip to play Shola, even though he is shite from the start and is only good for 30 minutes max.

    I add if it is not 442 and is 4231 with Cisse out wide Pardew should be instantly sacked, i cant believe he is going to play Cisse or Shola wide right tracking Baines and Pienaar, oh my word, we are going down if he does this.

    Will have lost completely any fiath i had in him, which i may add is not a lot.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Looks like a 442 with marv left and obertan right

    Wait and see though

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #21

    If it’s not 442 as advertised on the official website, then I guess we had very limited options of wingers. Marveaux doesn’t like to play there and Ferguson, Sammy are probably not good enough yet in Pardew’s eyes to start. Until Ben Arfa comes back we will have to do with a make shift winger.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #22

    *sigh* What will Debuchy think ey?

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #23

    I can’t understand Pardew’s line up. Cisse scored in nearly every game he played last season in the central role. Ba is away yet he slots Ameobi into that position with Cisse out wide. Part of me thinks this has to be a 442 formation OR Pardew has lost the plot completly.

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  • tonynufc

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #24

    @89norcal.
    i use them but sick of it freezing and popups

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #25

    You have to say that it is very bizarre of Pardew.

    I think he’s a goner soon.

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  • seantoon

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #26

    I think 4-4-2 with shoal playing is a good lineup! Get shola marking fellaini at set pieces. We all know Williamson can’t be trusted marking the biggest man on the pitch

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #27

    We are a joke club and need to make at least 5 signings this month to compensate for the loss of the best striker in the league.

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  • geordie157

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #28

    As much as i want to see Cisse up front in a central role, i think Shola might be a sensible choice, adds much needed height to the team as Everton have some good players in the air, plus he can hold the ball up and create chances for Cisse, or help get us further up the pitch.

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  • pizzicatochan

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #29

    With Shola starting, the hold-up play helps Cisse.

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  • Kyo

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #30

    If Shola is alone up front then I’m taking a coach to Newcastle and personally sacking him myself.

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  • thegeordieraver

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #31

    tonynufc

    watchpremierleague.net
    all toon prem games on there and quality’s pretty good

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #32

    toastie

    Exactly, holier-than-thou and everything 🙂

    I suppose when you do the same thing every day of the year, you’re bound to get it right once in a while.

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Hoping for a 442

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  • hdavid23

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #34

    “Cheick Tiote and Anita will anchor Newcastle’s midfield, with Papiss Cisse, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan providing creativity for lone front man Ameobi.”
    NUFC official site

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  • papattack

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #35

    is he trying to upset cisse aswell as what he did to ba by playing him out wide??

    im very much pro pardew but cisse offers nothing on the wing so if we’re going to play with two strikers play 442 or dont bother.

    if we win il take it all back but cisse is never gunna get on a scoring run on the bloody wing. ridiculous!!!!

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Mark douglas reporting on twitter there is something going wrong with the ba talks

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #37

    tonynufc

    Sorry man. If you’re in the US you might get it on ESPN3/WatchESPN. Not sure where else.

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  • spitfire_

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Last time when Perch played at RB was in Goodison… does anybody remember what happend there and how Pardew swap his position with Anita’s? I was a optimist until I saw the teamsheet.

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #39

    @Spreadthetoon
    Thing with the team is, Ba was only withdrawn today – Pardew will have worked on team shape and patterns of play etc prior to today for this game. A straight swap for Shola causes least disruptions to team’s plans, so Cissé may well play wide.

    It can still change throughout the course of the game ofc.

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #40

    If there is one thing to prove beyond all doubt that we need investment it is that bench! Take Elliot out and they must have less than 50 professional appearances, at any level, all together!

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